Working long hours? Long over-due promotion? sound familiar? Thousands of people work every day in their offices diligently and professionally but don’t seem to get anywhere whilst others seem to zip up the ladder with seeming ease. The reason: they just don’t get noticed or simply don’t stick in the memory. Their response tends to be simply working even harder and longer to try and change the situation but it simply doesn’t work.
Here are some top suggestions for getting yourself noticed at work:
1. Don’t (just) do your job
Doing your job is what you’re paid for; it’s the bare minimum your employer expects. Over time you’ll be rewarded for the quality of your reports, projects, hitting targets etc but it’s a pretty inefficient way of going about getting noticed and standing out from everyone else.
Why not become that guy who always organises the world cup sweep stake? organises the charity collections? or arranges social events? Whilst often seen as the function of admin staff or juniors, any manager worth their salt knows that these roles require planning, management, and delivery skills. Anyone performing one of these roles to a high standard always stands out.
2. Be a Steady Eddy
Become the guy that delivers on his promises. If you promise to do something and follow through on it then you are more likely to be remembered for the next time an opportunity comes up. Managers like people that they can give a task to knowing that their involvement therein will be minimal. They don’t want to spend their time troubleshooting and cleaning up after you’ve failed to deliver on what was agreed.
Being reliable is a skill in itself. If you promise the world in an effort to please then you’re only setting yourself for a nasty fall. Know your limits and don’t take on too much. Being solid and reliable might not be the most glamorous of traits but if you look around the office you may notice that those traits are not always available in abundance.
3. Be a Floor Walker
Not a Jedi knight but a friendly approachable guy around the office. Consciously take 10-15 minutes a week to talk briefly with people in the company that you don’t normally interact with as part of your job.
It doesn’t have to be important stuff but it shows people that you’re interested in them and also makes you more likely to stick in their memory. If it’s a more senior person then you may be in their mind when the next great opportunity comes up, if they are less senior then you never know when you might need a favour or they may pass you a good lead or idea.
It’s seems crazy that people can work in an open plan office for years and never know anything about the person at the desk a few metres away. Yet it happens at offices all over the world all the time.
4. E-Mail (Almost) Everyone